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Mediterranean Six Layer Dip (P)

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Go deep with this gluten-free, vegan, low-fat, full flavor Six-Layer Mediterranean-inspired dip.  Layer One: Smooth, earthy, and rich hummus.   Layer Two: Bright, tangy-sweet sundried tomatoes that can be chopped up manually, or made into a chunky paste by a food processor, or it can be purchased ready-made at […]

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Winter Tomato Soup (D or P) with Frico’s (D)

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This is a dead-of-winter comfort soup to curl up around. It’s like that stuff from the iconic red and white tin can (think Andy Warhol) just more wholesome + fresh- and almost as simple! Fresh juicy tomatoes are a distant memory during the cold heart of winter, […]

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Indian Spiced Chick Peas (P)

This recipe is a version of the Indian chickpea dish Channa Masala.  Very tasty, healthy, and filling. 2 tablespoons olive oil MILLFALLS.ORG/WOODSTOCK/ 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup) 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 “ fresh peeled ginger, grated ( 1 teaspoon) 1 small Serrano chili pepper, diced 1 […]

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Korean Grilled Chicken (M)

Ugghh…chicken…   You will not hear this bored poultry lament, if you make this succulent and delicious grilled Korean chicken recipe.  Like many Korean dishes it is salty-sweet-spicy-spectacular!  Next-day  leftovers would be well utilized in a salad. 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts 1/2 onion, chopped fine 3 garlic cloves, minced 1/3 […]

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Chick Patty Parmesan Casserole (D)

A home-cooked weeknight dinner just could not get any easier than this dish, or more faux-sher… 16 oz. your pasta shape of choice 2 cups tomato sauce, homemade or store bought (divided) 8 chick patties, cut into strips 1/2-3/4 cup shredded mozzarella or parmesan 1.  Preheat oven to 350F. Boil […]

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Fraiche New Salad (D)

This is good ol’ Bagels, Lox, and Cream Cheese reimagined as a modern composed salad.  Flavor and texture abound with every bite.  Leave out the pumpernickel croutons if you want to keep it Gluten Free. For the pickled red onions: 1 small red onion (1/2 cup), thinly sliced KindOfLife […]

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Grilled Falafel Burgers (P) Tzpectacular Tzatziki Sauce (D)

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I knew I had to try this recipe when I saw it in Fine Cooking magazine.  To follow: My version of a really filling vegetarian dish that would be right at home at a summertime barbecue .  Keep ’em dairy-free by serving it with a drizzle of tahini sauce instead of the tzatziki (although […]

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Chermoula Salmon

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Chermoula is a fragrant, spicy, citrusy Moroccan marinade typically used for fish.  This easy recipe yields enough for 3-4 lbs. of salmon but if you are not planning to make that much, save the remaining sauce for another day… because you’ll definitely want to make this exotic dish again.  Or, […]

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Bahn Mi Sandwich Cali Style (P)

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This month’s Bon Appetit cover story (4/13) was devoted to the art  sandwich-making.  Taking their cue I decided to try my hand at the Vietnamese Bahn Mi sandwich with some fresh California flavor added for fun.  A firm white fish like Mahi-Mahi or Halibut grills well, tastes great with the other featured flavors, and […]

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Moroccan Quinoa Salad (P)

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The Moroccan spices and flavors in this healthful and bright salad are pleasingly  subtle.  If you’re a Moroccan flavor-phile, by all means ramp up the spices in the dressing.  And replace a quarter cup of the chopped parsley with chopped mint.   Dressing: 1/4 cup fresh lemon […]

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Bissel (bis-sul)Yiddish: A bit, a little.
B'Tayavon (be-teya-von) Hebrew: Bon Appetit! Enjoy (in reference to a meal/dish)
Faux-sher Food (fo-shure) Rachelese: Kosher food in disguise. The minute Judy bit into the krab kake she was a fauxsher food fan.
Taim (tay-yim) Hebrew: yummy, delicious
Zetz (zets) Yiddish: smack